Wanderlust Wednesdays: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam is one of those cities where you go to become a local.  The appeal to the city isn’t in world renowned tourist attractions, but the lifestyle that those Amsterdammers live.  Don’t get me wrong, there are tourist attractions like the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the home of Anne Frank that are worth at least a day of your time (there is a lot to take in), but the allure of Amsterdam is in it’s people.  It’s the neighborhood everyone wants to live in.  It’s where you will start a conversation with a restaurant owner, who will tell you what you will see and love about Amsterdam.  Grab a bike and let your inner child explore and navigate like the locals (I really don’t believe anyone really walks) while stopping to eat a stoopwafel on a bridge or if you’re adventurous, the raw herring and onions that are everywhere.  Better yet, hop on and off of the Canal Bus that utilizes the canal system to let you absorb the sights and scents of the city. When you finally get off the bike or boat, head into one of the infamous coffee shops.  Along with your koffie verkeerd (50/50 coffee and milk) and your bitterballen (ball of batter and meat/cheese), those that are over 18 can purchase a small amount of cannabis.  Head out as the sun sets and check out how the city lights illuminate the walkways, canals, buildings and the nightlife.  The city doesn’t stop when the sun goes down.  Amsterdam’s nightlife of the clubs, music, restaurants and the infamous red light district keep the tourists and locals partying until dawn.  Rest up! This is a city you don’t want to sleep on.


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